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National Philoptochos Society


To promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions."  Click here to read more...

Aid to Greece and Cyprus Campaign

To read the article in the July 2, 2015 NATIONAL HERALD, click below:  

National Philoptochos Monitoring Greek Situation, Has Raised $500,000

Three years ago, the National Philoptochos turned its hearts and eyes to our brothers and sisters in Greece and Cyprus who were stricken by a financial crisis that still continues today. Greece has suffered six years of recession and record unemployment. The poorest households have lost nearly 86% of their income, as benefits have been drastically reduced; wage cuts were put into effect; and taxes have increased significantly. Volunteer organizations and churches are stretched beyond their capacity to provide meals for the elderly and families. The government is no longer able to distribute milk in school, and children go without this fundamental nourishment. Similarly, in Cyprus, the domestic situation remains grim.

As Orthodox Christians, the National Philoptochos calls upon its members and friends to once again step forward to assist the thousands of suffering Orthodox Christians in Greece and Cyprus who are affected by this horrifying and ongoing crisis. Through your love and past generosity the Philoptochos Society has already distributed $482,000 to aid those who are suffering in Greece and Cyprus, $450,000 from the Aid to Greece and Cyprus Fund, and an additional $32,000 from the National Philoptochos Emergency Fund and General Medical Fund. However, the situation remains bleak and more help is needed, and so, we ask you to open your hearts once again.

Donations may be sent to National Philoptochos, 126 East 37th Street, New York, NY 10016 or can be made online by clicking here: DONATE

Philoptochos Society Recognizes World Hunger Day

with Feeding the Hungry Initiative

On May 27, one day prior to World Hunger Day, members of the Philoptochos Society along with students from the Cathedral School and local parishioners marked the occasion at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Manhattan, by assembling more than 12,000 meals in partnership with the Feeding Children Everywhere, an organization that provides materials to package individual nutritious meals.  


National Philoptochos Ministry Commitments

The National Philoptochos Ministry Commitments are the heart and soul of Philoptochos. All chapters are urged to continue their generous support for these vital national ministries.The Commitments for May/June are as follows:

Orthodox Christian Fellowship Fund (OCF)

The mission of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), the official campus ministry program under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, is to keep Orthodox students connected to Christ and His Church during their college years.  Philoptochos continues to be a proud partner with OCF, striving to support fellowship on college campuses whose members experience and witness the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the Faith. Our youth are the church leaders of tomorrow, so it is imperative that we keep them connected to our faith. 

In 2014, National Philoptochos provided OCF with $20,000, which was used to underwrite the Summer Leadership Institute.   Thanks to the generous support of Philoptochos chapters through their National OCF commitment, OCF’s Summer Leadership Institute was able to successfully train and prepare 14 Student Leadership Board members for a year of service and leadership as OCF’s top student leaders. The Leadership Institute remains completely free to all students attending.  This year’s Summer Leadership Institute will be held August 11-15, 2015.

The OCF fund was started in 2009, and since then Philoptochos has distributed $132,200.

To find out more about these programs please visit   

75th Anniversary Founders Fund

The 75th Anniversary Founders Fund was created in 2006 to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Founding of Philoptochos and the lasting contributions and memory of its founding members.  This discretionary ministry commitment provides financial support to older adults and their families, as well as long-term care facilities serving aging Greek Orthodox individuals throughout the United States.

In 2014, Philoptochos chapters throughout the country contributed $32,307 to the 75th Anniversary Founders Fund. From these monies, National Philoptochos donated $20,000 to the following organizations:

$10,000 was given to St. Michael’s Home in Yonkers, New York for general operations to provide quality care to its residents.

$10,000 was given to Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canton, Massachusetts to the Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia Unit.

In addition, $12,307 was given for assistance to individuals.

The 75th Anniversary Founders fund started collecting donations in 2007, with $234,855 distributed to date.  

Fifteenth Children's Medical Fund Luncheon

in Boston on October 31, 2015

The Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon was established in 1989 and is hosted on a biennial basis rotating between the Direct Archdiocesan District and the eight Metropolises of the Archdiocese. Since its inception, the National Philoptochos has raised over $2.7 million for the Children’s Medical Fund. Click here to read more...

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